New year for both you and your pooch

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- New year, new you, new workout. But for many people hitting the gym can be a bit of a yawner. Sometimes it's good to change things up. So why not get your dog involved? Pups working out, you ask? Sure. Even a pet can use the exercise.

    It's a beautiful Saturday morning and already this park is going to the dogs; which, in this case, is a good thing. Meet Duchess, Titus and a few other furry friends, who are part of a new fitness program called Thank Dog Boot Camp. These four legged athletes, along with their owners, are getting in shape together by participating in a work out designed for man and beast. Karen Keig, director of Thank Dog Boot Camp says, "Our goal is to help people get healthy, primarily and then work on obedience at the same time, so that their dogs become better citizens."

    Lauren Stauffer says she's an exercise fanatic and hits the gym regularly. But she also loves her golden retriever, Bentley and finds this to be a perfect program they can do together. She says, "There's something motivating when you're running and your dog looks up to you and I think all right I can do a little bit longer. So it keeps it fun, and energetic and it's different every day."

    Although the thank dog work out originated in California, the program is popping up in major cities across the country.

    And don't let the presence of these pooches fool you. Although they're allowed to take a break, their owners are constantly moving.

    The hour workout covers running, pushups, lunges: the works. Keig says, "It is a boot camp workout. I am a drill sergeant. I am here to make sure that you walk out of here knowing you've worked hard on your dog and on yourself."

    And that's nothing to sniff at.

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